Freshers trip

Freshers trip

The Freshers Trip is a SUBW tradition. It is an overnight bushwalk catered to new members of the club. Older/established members are welcome to come along as well. This year, we visited the vicinity of Gooch’s Crater and Billabong Canyon. Our trip started and finished at Bell railway station in the upper Blue Mountains. We met…

Federation Peak

Federation Peak

Expeditions to South West Tasmania are a long tradition in SUBW. It’s remote, rugged, beautiful and one of the few places in Australia that offers real mountaineering. Exposed to the ocean storms of the roaring forties the weather can turn dangerous at a moment’s notice even in summer. The most…

Katoomba to Wentworth Falls

Katoomba to Wentworth Falls

Katoomba to Wentworth Falls Traverse We caught the train up to Katoomba early Sunday morning, expecting very cold and wet conditions, we were pleasantly surprised as the ground was in dry and visibility was very good. Starting from Katoomba station, we hiked to scenic world then down to ruined Castle where we had lunch – really nice view, but a bit crowded and also no hot tea as metho had spilled into my teapot. After taking…

Canyoning on Newnes Plateau

Canyoning on Newnes Plateau

In sunny but cold weather we met for breakfast in Blackheath before heading up onto Newnes Plateau. Sunnyside Ridge Road has lots of excellent places to visit, but usually requires 4WD. The sidetrails definitely need 4WD. Firetrail #8 brought us to Acoustic canyon, which was an easy walk-through with a few shallow pools to get around. If you…

Tiger Snake Canyon

Tiger Snake Canyon

It had been a couple of weeks since SUBW’s incredible Intermediate Canyoning weekend adventure, and I was keen for more canyon action! Except- with the forecast for overnight temperatures set to -3degrees on the Newnes Plateau, I felt it was time to transition to a drier winter canyon-type of adventure. With this…

Heathcote to Waterfall overnight walk

Heathcote to Waterfall overnight walk

Although it was worrying that there were a lot of clouds on the way to Heathcote station, the sky cleared up beautifully at the time we gathered. After waiting for Thomas until 9:30 pm, we headed to the Royal National Park. We started on the Friendly Track, what a friendly national park! Descending on a rocky track along the Heathcote creek, I realised that the water flow was much stronger than the last time I was here, obviously since there was quite a lot of rain during the week. We arrived…

Barrington Tops

Barrington Tops

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Intermediate canyoning weekend

Intermediate canyoning weekend

21 people arrived on Friday at the Old Newnes Hotel campsite in the beautiful Wolgan Valley for a series of canyoning trip designed to consolidate skills learnt at the Beginners Canyoning trip and Abseil Training Day. Some attendees had actually done the Beginners trip in 2019, and others were returning to the club after a few years of busy study, like ex-President Stella. On Saturday…

Kosciuszko High Plains

Kosciuszko High Plains

55km, 1500m ascent All pretty straight forward on paths or open plains with the exception of a small stretch following Goodradigbee River at the start. https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=11.6/148.6130/-35.6605&pubLink=HXWoi2Pj0ZMrTfpS4tDKyP0H&trackId=a372ac56ffa4908aa80b0a68d34e564fe0f54dc4 Caption

Cox river from Dunphys campground

Cox river from Dunphys campground

This was my first time co-leading with Aidan in a refresher trip. This year, we were going to the Jenolan river through Breakfast creek. Some of us camped at Dunphy’s campground the day before. Although it was a lively night with earsplitting laughter from one of the other groups, we were able to enjoy the beautiful sky and saw some shooting stars before heading off to bed. The morning…

Beginners canyoning weekend

Beginners canyoning weekend

Trip Report by Isla Mowbray Please disregard the disruptions Disconnect from the obstructions The of this canopy pleads Unweave the wired that bind Recharge yourself and Re find Another way to be – Excerpt from Dreaming Track by Lorna Munro From the 5-7th of March SUBW ventured out on the Beginners canyoning trip. This was…

Joint canyoning camp with Northern Rivers Bushwalking Club at Mt Wilson

Joint canyoning camp with Northern Rivers Bushwalking Club at Mt Wilson

This was a fantastic four days of intensive canyoning. Six members of NRBC drove down to join us and twelve SUBW members showed up, making 18 participants, but no more than 16 on any one day. The first SUBW people arrived at Cathedral of Ferns on Thursday night, where NRBC had captured the wet-weather shelter! It was good to see Shane again, who had guided us through the Border Ranges canyons in December, and to meet some more Northern Rivers people. Friday morning…

Western Arthurs Traverse

Western Arthurs Traverse

Mud, Bad and Dangerous to Know [1] – The Western Arthurs Traverse The Western Arthurs are an ice-carved range of mountains in southwest Tasmania. Its jagged peaks and spectacular glacial lakes feature in some of the most famous photographs of the Tasmanian wilderness. First traversed…

Budawangs

Budawangs

Caption 30km, 1800m ascent https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=12.7/150.1311/-35.2938&pubLink=kbrMKb2az4h2vKrcGB1opfME&trackId=fe619e42-a7f0-4f7c-864f-844089622f2d Yadboro River whilst slow was relatively easy work. Freeman Creek became too steep and had to divert after encountering a 2nd waterfall Whilst incredibly narrow after re-joining Freeman creek was still accessible but you needed to be quite agile to reach the path.

Barrington River Packrafting 16-17 January 2021

Barrington River Packrafting 16-17 January 2021

The Barrington River Rapid Adventure. The clouds were lighting up and there was a rainbow in the sky as we rolled into Gloucester on the Friday night. A good omen for the Barrington River Rapid Adventure ahead. Everyone managed to make it to The Roundabout Inn, some just before the kitchen closed (8pm for future reference). Present were…

Kosciuszko

Kosciuszko

Guthega Power station -> Geehi Resevoir -> Sirens Song Tunnel -> Opera House Hut -> Lake Albina -> Blue lake -> Charlotte Pass Reserve https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=11.0/148.2825/-36.3416&pubLink=504iRdFYGrmO3NcpwYApdzkk&trackId=d15d23209b21e39b8cd75a6bdc2d992e859617b2 61km with 3600m of ascent Sirens Song tunnel was only about mid thigh at its deepest Lady Northcotes had very different speeds for different people fastest was 1.2h per km and slowest 2.2 per km Caption

Budderoo Waterfall Weekend

Budderoo Waterfall Weekend

Matthew was the first to arrive at Kangaroo Valley on Friday and checked us in to the campsite. Another 14 people showed up between 6.00 and 11.00 and so the party grew larger, first at the pub and then sitting around Jen’s immaculately restored VW camper for tea, timtams and whisky. We had…

Mount Royal National Park

Mount Royal National Park

Quite a long report but I think you will find it interesting. This trip was originally planned for Coolah Tops but that park put on a local fire ban on the weekend intended for the walk, so that would mean no camp fire. So instead I decided to do Mount Royal National Park instead, as there was no park fire ban there, so a camp fire was allowed in their campfire sites (but not elsewhere). It also…

May the fourth be with you – Glowworm Tunnel

May the fourth be with you – Glowworm Tunnel

A planned mid morning departure from Strathfield got delayed due to my being delayed by a car breakdown right in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge on the M1 (F3), causing an initial half hour delay. Of course the delay meant I ran into heavier traffic on the Pacific Highway and Ryde Road which meant I was 45 minutes late getting to Strathfield. Eventually I…

Davies Canyon

Davies Canyon

After travelling up by various means and at various times the group coalesced on Saturday morning over an obligatory cup of tea. Then it was off to Mt Thurat and into the gorge fairly high up, entering in the lower part of Thurat Creek. This gave us the opportunity to see some of the upper gorge which was beautiful on this hot day, with several wades, short swims and downclimbs.